Path to defeat Trump ‘doesn’t flow through the coast,’ Bullock tells teachers group

Montana governor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Steve Bullock didn’t qualify for the debate stage in September, and he is polling near the bottom of the 20 remaining White House hopefuls.

But at the American Federation of Teachers headquarters in Washington, D.C., Bullock said Thursday he can win back Trump voters from the American heartland while retaining support in traditional liberal strongholds. The self-described populist moderate with executive experience spent time taking questions from the audience focused on education issues.

Participants asked Bullock about public school funding and teacher pay, whether segregation in urban school systems was increasing, and if he would work to eliminate standardized testing, which many education advocates say unfairly disadvantages poor students and some minority groups.